Two police officers face potential criminal charges over the death of former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson.

Atkinson, 48, died after a Taser was fired by police called to an incident in his home town of Telford, Shropshire, in August 2016.

Three West Mercia Police officers were interviewed under criminal caution and have been served with gross misconduct notices.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct says it has referred the death of former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider potential criminal charges against two police officers.

Medics carried out CPR on Atkinson for more than half an hour after officers Tasered him in the early hours of August 15 in the street where he grew up in Telford.

Atkinson in action for Villa against Manchester United in the early 1990’s ( Reuters)

West Mercia Police officers were called at 1.39 am to a “report of concern for safety” in Meadow Road, in the Trench area.

Atkinson was a top-flight striker in the 1990s, starting his career at Ipswich Town then playing for Sheffield Wednesday and Spanish side Real Sociedad before moving to Villa.

His family have previously expressed frustration at not knowing “why such force was used” by police.

They said their “kind, caring and protective” son and brother had struggled to come to terms with a serious illness affecting his kidneys during the last six months of his life.

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